To the editor — An April 25 letter and an editorial the same day regarding the Nevada ranch standoff, show that some do not understand the meaning of the word “law.” Patriotic Americans know that the “law” in a true Republic protects, not steals, a citizen’s life and property. Frederic Bastiat, a French statesman and author (1801-1850), defines law as “the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.”

The letter writer and editorial board apparently do not understand who the renter is, and who the landlord is in America. Government should be an action, not an entity. How can government, having only taxpayer money, own property? Do you think you own your land, house or car? Try not paying the taxes or fees and find out if you do. Are taxpayers so accustomed to having what belongs to them taken away by “law” that they fail to see it as theft?

The Declaration of Independence states that men are created by God with certain unalienable rights — and governments are instituted to protect them. Unfortunately, tyranny is alive and well in America. It resides in Washington, D.C., and is bloated with the hard-earned money of the American taxpayer.